Action calls over ‘ash tray’ planters

One of the planters near Blackpool North train station, which has been left strewn with cigarette ends and litter

One of the planters near Blackpool North train station, which has been left strewn with cigarette ends and litter

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Calls have been made for planters in part of Blackpool to be taken better care of after they were branded “a giant ash tray”.

Passengers have been dumping cigarette ends in the two planters outside Blackpool North Rail Station which are meant to be used for flowers.

David Palmer

David Palmer

And fears have been raised the practice is providing a poor first impression to people arriving in the resort.

Taxi driver David Palmer said: “They are disgusting and ill kept, not the clean image that you want to portray to visitors coming off the trains at Blackpool North train station.

“Northern Rail say they belong to the council and they have requested on several occasions for them to be removed or cleaned up.”

But Blackpool Council said the maintenance of the planters was the responsibility of the train operator.

They are disgusting and ill kept, not the clean image that you want to portray to visitors coming off the trains at Blackpool North train station

John Blackledge, Blackpool Council’s Director for Community and Environmental Services, said: “The planter was offered to Blackpool North train station some time ago.

“While we have been responsible for planting seasonal summer bedding plants, the daily maintenance is expected to be undertaken by the train station operators.

“We will discuss the issue with them but should they choose to return the planter we will be happy to collect it.”

Now rail chiefs say they have taken action to clear the debris from the concrete containers.

It is hoped to drill holes in them to prevent them becoming flooded with water in future.

A Northern Rail spokesperson said: “We have cleared the planter of debris and rain water and are working in partnership with Blackpool Council to arrange for new summer bedding plants to be planted.

“We would like to remind customers not to dispose of rubbish and cigarette ends in the planters and to use the bins provided.”